Sponsored walk helps Ribble Valley dancers towards Disneyland Paris show

Teenage dancing fund-raisers Rachel Spencer and Rebecca Bennett. (s)

Teenage dancing fund-raisers Rachel Spencer and Rebecca Bennett. (s)

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TWO teenage dancers have helped to fund the experiences of a lifetime won by their Ribble Valley dance troupe.

St Augustine’s RC High School pupils and friends Rachel Spencer (13), of Newton-in-Bowland, and Rebecca Bennett (12), of Dunsop Bridge, decided that in as well as rehearsing and dancing for two or three nights each week they would walk the Yorkshire Three Peaks and raise money through sponsorship.

They completed the challenge after their dance group, The Talent Team, which is led by the sister teaching duo Sarah and Claire Bruce at the Talent Theatre School at Read, won once in a lifetime opportunities through a competition. Their prize includes the chance to perform at Sadlers Wells in London and also in the Grand Parade at Disneyland Paris in July, to name just two events.

The Talent Team, a 35-strong group of students from the Read-based theatre school, performed Star’s in Their Eyes on the West End stage over the Easter weekend in front of a sell-out audience. The event was organised by Mardi Gras which offers dance groups the chance to perform on famous stages in London and abroad.

The dancers’ families are funding the travel and accommodation expenses with each dancer having to raise £300 towards the costs of performing at such prestigious venues.

In addition to raising money for their dance group, Rachel and Rebecca also wanted to raise money for the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team (BPMRT). And as the fund-raising had to be completed by March, they set out on the challenge on a Saturday in February.

Accompanied by their dads, Dave Spencer and Stephen Bennett, and friends Lesley Wilson and Janet Whitaker, the challenge was made even more difficult because as they reached the top of each climb they found themselves walking through snow! This was so deep it was often over their knees, but undeterred, both completed the walk in 10 hours. The girls, who would like to thank everyone for their support, raised £750, £600 which will be donated to the dance group and £150 to BPMRT.

The dance group is performing at the Empire Thwaites Theatre, Blackburn, on June 21st and 22nd. For more details email clairbruce@rocketmail.com